Preparing your child for school

Preparing your child for school

A lot of parents think the best way to prepare their children for school is to teach them their numbers and the alphabet. Helping your child learn their ABCs and 123s is a great idea, but what’s most important in the early years is how you play (PDF) and interact with your child.

Learning to Play and Playing to Learn: Getting Ready for School (PDF) is an easy-to-use booklet for parents, based on the research of what, how, and when your child learns. It is filled with up-to-date information, helpful tips and checklists about your child’s development.

Kids are more likely to make a smooth transition to school (PDF) if they’re healthy and able to get along with others, follow instructions, solve problems, work well on their own and stay focused on tasks—including those they don’t like.

Enrolling kids in community programs is a great way to help them prepare for school. Register your child in a licensed child care program, visit a Early ON Centre/Best Start Hub with your child or check out the Community Calendar for programs and activities for preschoolers.

It's a great idea to register your child for school as early as possible. This is particularly important if your child has special needs. Partners for Sudbury Families has produced this a resource that outlines the steps and timelines to help ensure your child has a successful transition to school. Ask for it at your neighbourhood EarlyOn Centre or Child Care Centre.

Registration begins in January for all children who’ll be turning four that year and beginning school the following September. Registering early will help ensure you’re invited to readiness programs offered by your school. Check out the topic titled Choosing a school and registering your child for details.


This content was prepared and reviewed by the City of Greater Sudbury and its partners. However, it should not take the place of advice from your health care provider or other professionals working with you and your child. 

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